Two Positions- Washington DC

Position: Taxonomist
Location: Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at SLA Career Center.

Controlled vocabulary development and the use of taxonomies is strategically important to the Board’s goal of improving the user experience when searching for data.  The taxonomist designs, creates, edits, and maintains specific structured taxonomies used for organizing, indexing and retrieving information. Additionally, the taxonomist works with multiple stakeholders to develop and promote new taxonomies that meet the Board’s knowledge organization needs.


  • Maintain and expand the Board Subject Taxonomy and other local taxonomies, and establish processes for ongoing updates.
  • Work with end users and other stakeholders to understand taxonomy needs, priorities, and business requirements and to develop use cases for and implementation of additional taxonomies.
  • Work closely with metadata specialists within the library and other departments to ensure consistent application of the library’s taxonomies, other controlled vocabularies, and external authorities.
  • Work on taxonomy and metadata governance and standards with other departments in a collaborative and complementary way.
  • Develop taxonomies by consulting a variety of sources such as: third-party taxonomies; end users, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders; literature reviews; analysis of Board and Federal Reserve research, policy work, and other agency documentation; and eventually, through semi-automated methods.
  • Help to develop the library’s long-term strategy related to linked data, semantic enrichment, autotagging, autocategorization, and ontology development, in addition to natural language processing, machine learning, and text analytics.
  •  Develop and maintain deep knowledge of economic, finance, and business-related terms.


  • 3 years of experience in full-time taxonomy development that demonstrates growing complexity
  •  A demonstrated understanding of the relationships between and uses of taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, metadata management and application, controlled vocabularies, and authority control
  • Familiarity and experience with linked data concepts and standards such as RDF data modeling, semantic web, OWL, SKOS, SPARQL, and
  • Experience with taxonomy management tools such as MultiTes, TopBraid, PoolParty, Data Harmony, SmartLogic, Synaptica
  • Familiarity with library metadata standards such as AACR2-R, RDA, MARC21, MODS, Dublin Core, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and LC classification schedules
  • Comfortable taking an active and visible role representing the Library team to diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to work closely with end users to facilitate their input into taxonomy development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work both on a team and independently to deliver results


  • Subject matter expertise in economics, finance, and business is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with creating and optimizing auto-categorization rules
  • Experience in coding/scripting and querying (Perl, PHP, Python, SPARQL Query or other programming languages)

Please apply at  — JobID: 20480 — to be considered.

Position: Librarian (Senior Digital Collections Specialist)
Location: Library of Congress – Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position serves as the Senior Digital Collections Specialist and is located within the Technology Policy Directorate in Library Services. The position reports to the Head, Digital Content Management Section of the Digital Collections Management and Services Division. The Digital Content Management Section is responsible for providing digital acquisitions support to Library Services, and for the lifecycle management of digital collections that are not otherwise under the care of a custodial division. The section also is responsible for managing the Library’s web archiving program and collections, and provides advice and assistance to the Law Library as needed. Digital Content Management Section staff collaborates with other Library curatorial units, technical staff, and external organizations to establish best practices, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, identify digital content management problems, and propose solutions for the content within the scope of the section.

This position is located in the Digital Content Management Section, Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Technology Policy Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 349876.


Coordinates, determines, and manages projects for digital collections. Serves as a technical expert in the planning, management, and execution of digital collections workflow/lifecycle management projects. Acts as an expert on special projects, and advises management on issues. Plans, tests, and executes projects that involve acquiring, describing, storing, and providing access to digital content for which the section has curatorial responsibility. Serves as a project leader for content transfers and processing from varied acquisitions sources including, but not limited to, content on tangible media, web archived content, and data sets. Plans for new digital acquisition streams, and is responsible for their implementation using new or existing workflows. Identifies opportunities for improving the performance of existing streams and workflows, and implements new tools and processes as appropriate. Ensures that assigned projects are completed on time and achieve the desired objectives.

Within the broad framework of program strategies and goals, identifies or contributes to the development of innovative tools and processes for the management and preservation of digital collections. Serves as a senior technical expert, trouble-shooter, and consultant for digital content management work carried out by the section. Develops workflows for new content streams. Works with division staff to define, develop, implement and monitor plans for the lifecycle management of digital content that is the responsibility of the section. Works with division staff and content providers to define and test efficient data movement procedures, establish effective and robust operational processes, and coordinate among stakeholders. Work is carried out in an environment of continual change, where digital content types and content sources are rapidly expanding, and the Library’s technical environment, as well as supporting tools and services, are in a state of flux.

Using knowledge of digital libraries and technical solutions, provides expert analysis and advice and develops solutions to solve issues and problems associated with digital lifecycle management. · Identifies and applies new analytical techniques to address situations that are unique or not previously encountered. Researches new trends and developments in library and information technologies, particularly as they apply to digital content preservation and lifecycle management.

Serves as an expert advisor on digital content management practices. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff at multiple levels throughout the service unit and across the Library, as well as with those in the larger digital content management community. Coordinates digital workflow activities with specialists in curatorial units throughout Library Services, the Law Library, and the Office of Chief Information Officer.

Provides advice and training to more junior members of the section, and to staff in stakeholder and curatorial units. Communicates orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical staff concerning digital collections lifecycle management, and contributes to shared information resources. Works collaboratively inside and outside the project team and program area to facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of institution-wide and national best practices and standards for digital content management.



  • Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of library digital content management principles and practices.**
  • Ability to perform project development and management duties.**
  • Ability to research and analyze technical issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
  • Ability to present information other than in writing.